Crystal Palace claimed a crucial win at the weekend as Mamadou Sakho’s dramatic stoppage time strike gave the Eagles all three points against Stoke City at Selhurst Park, and Roy Hodgson will be hoping that his side can take another significant step towards safety when they travel to take on Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday night.
Chris Hughton’s team suffered their first defeat in six matches on Saturday afternoon as they fell to a bitterly disappointing 1-0 loss against Manchester United at Old Trafford, with Lewis Dunk’s own goal all that separated the sides.
Brighton are unbeaten in six matches on home turf and Paddy Power offer 6/4 (2.50) that Hughton’s men extend that run in style by taking all three points against Palace, while the odds compilers offer 21/10 (3.10) that the Seagulls settle for a share of the spoils against the south Londoners.
Palace, in stark contrast, have a wretched record on the road for the Eagles have been beaten in each of their seven matches away from Selhurst Park so far this season; furthermore, the bottom-of-the-table team have yet to score an away goal in the Premier League thus far this term. Paddy Power go 2/1 (3.0) that Hodgson’s side claim a vital victory from this fixture.
The bookmaker also offers 11/4 (3.75) that Brighton win without conceding, while the same firm go 4/7 (1.57) that there are fewer than three goals scored in this game - a selection that would have landed in five of the seven matches that the Seagulls have contested on home turf so far this season.
There have been goals at both ends in four of the last five fixtures at Amex Stadium and Paddy Power go even money (2.0) that the trend continues in this clash, while the odds compilers offer 11/8 (2.38) that there are more than two goals scored when these two teams lock horns.
The Seagulls have been solid in the Premier League this season, particularly on home soil, and Hughton’s charges could well prove to be too strong for a Palace side that have struggled to find consistency so far this season; indeed, their win against Stoke City at the weekend was a first success in six matches.
Brighton can be backed at 3/1 (4.0) with Paddy Power to lead at both half time and full time, or they are available at 7/4 (2.75) to score more than one goal in this game, which looks tempting as Palace have yet to keep a clean sheet in the top tier this season.
Better value, though, may lie in simply backing the Seagulls to deliver another Premier League victory and, so, it is Paddy Power’s 6/4 (2.50) quote for the hosts to pick up all three points that could provide best value ahead of Tuesday’s tussle.